This weekend marks the first of three that will feature SAA championship competition, and a number of Stormy Petrel teams will be competing Friday through Sunday for conference bragging rights, including golf, women's lacrosse, tennis, and track and field.
Friday will begin with the Oglethorpe track and field teams getting competition underway at the SAA Track and Field Championships, held at Valhalla stadium in Mount Berry. The competition will get underway at 8:45 a.m. with the 10,000-meter run. Friday will feature the finals of that race, as well as the 3,000 steeplechase. On the field side of things, finals in the pole vault, long jump, hammer, shot put and javelin will be contested. There will also be a wide variety of preliminary qualifying heats on the track Friday, all of which will lead up to Saturday's finals in those disciplines. Fans can follow along with up-to-date results by clicking here.
The day will continue at 9:24 a.m. Eastern time on Friday, when senior Lisa van der Ross tees off as an individual as part of the SAA Women's Golf Championship from Maumelle Country Club in Maumelle, Arkansas. The full team will begin at 9:32, when sophomore Katie Hanley tees off on the course's first hole. The Petrels earned a spring-best fourth-place finish earlier in April at the Callaway Golf Greensboro College Spring Invitational in Greensboro, North Carolina, and they'll look to build off of that as they head into the 54-hole conference championship, which will take place Friday through Sunday. Fans can follow along with live hole-by-hole scoring by clicking here.
The men's golf team will also hit the Maumelle Country Club for the 54-hole SAA Men's Golf Championship on Friday. They'll tee off at 10:20 a.m. Eastern, with sophomore Jake Thomas getting them started from the course's 10th tee. The conference championship is a bit different from most other tournaments the team plays in, as each team consists of six golfers rather than the standard five. The top four scores each day still count toward the team's official scorecard for the round. The Petrels are coming off a sixth-place finish at the Discover DeKalb Emory Spring Invitational in Stone Mountain, and finished no worse than third through their gauntlet of three March tournaments. They'll be looking for their third SAA championship and 13th overall conference title, and fans can follow live hole-by-hole scoring of the entire weekend here.
The SAA Men's and Women's Tennis Championships will also be headed to Arkansas, and will take place at Burns Park Tennis Center in North Little Rock. The men hold the No. 5 seed in the league after going 3-4 in conference play and 7-12 overall during the regular season. They'll take on fourth-seeded Birmingham-Southern Friday at 10 a.m. Eastern in the first round. The two teams faced off on Saturday at the Downing Howell Courts, with the visiting Panthers taking a 7-2 victory to secure the No. 4 seed. The Petrels hold the No. 19 spot in the latest Atlantic South regional rankings.
On the women's side, Oglethorpe holds down the No. 3 seed after the program's best-ever conference finish. They played their way to a 5-2 SAA record and an impressive 12-5 mark overall, and find themselves ranked 19th in the Atlantic South region headed into the tournament. In the first round, they'll take on No. 6 seed Berry, who fell to the Petrels in Mount Berry earlier in the season. That match will get started at 1 p.m. Eastern. Oglethorpe rode a doubles sweep to a 6-3 victory in that match. Both tournaments will continue with the semifinal round on Saturday and the two championship matches on Sunday.
Friday evening will feature SAA championship action, as well, with the women's lacrosse team taking the field against Sewanee from Puett Field in Sewanee, Tennessee, at 7 p.m. Eastern. The Petrels have already had the most successful season in program history thus far, posting a 2-5 SAA record to finish sixth in the league while also recording a 6-11 overall record during the regular season. The sixth-place finish allowed them to qualify for the SAA Tournament for the first time since the field was reduced to six teams, and the No. 6 seed Petrels will take on the No. 3 seed Tigers in the tournament's first round, with a semifinal berth against No. 2 seed Berry on the line. Sewanee defeated Oglethorpe 16-3 at the same venue in the regular season matchup. Live stats and live video of the game will be available here.